Occasionally, when I add a @SomeUser: to the beginning of my comments, they get removed when I commit the comment. Is that normal?

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    Yes, they are automatically removed if the user is already notified anyway, e.g. when it is the OP of the post. Aug 31, 2011 at 13:52

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Yes: it's been added to the StackExchange 'back end' to keep comments tidy. From memory, it's only applied to comments addressed 'directly' to a question/answer.

  • Thanks. Is that a recent modification?
    – raphink
    Aug 31, 2011 at 13:55
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    @Raphink: See this. NB, post may contain some amount of LOLcatz. Aug 31, 2011 at 14:06

The first author of the question or answer will always be notified of any new comment. There is no need to use @name to notify them. (You may still use it for clarity, if needed; however if only you and the author have been commenting on the post so far, the @name will be automatically removed from the beginning of the comment, as it adds no value.)

(Answer to When writing a comment, how do I ensure that the person it is addressed to gets notified?, No. 10)


I just noticed this, and was confused for a bit...I think that a yellow notice box is in order when this happens, so that the users can be informed that the comment was modified and yet the user will be notified.

  • I suppose you should make this a comment to the question, or better yet, a new question-feature request. You might want to check on Meta Stack Exchange if there a similar request already.
    – doncherry
    Nov 14, 2011 at 20:15

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